Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sarah Palin Supports Senator James Inhofe's Call For Climategate Investigation, While Mark Begich Continues Cheerleading For Cap-And-Trade

On Thursday December 3rd, 2009, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin expressed support for Senator James Inhofe's call for a Congressional investigation into the growing Climategate scandal, and has urged President Barack Obama to reconsider his decision to attend the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen from December 7-18. She posted the following announcement on her Facebook page:

Mr. President: Boycott Copenhagen; Investigate Your Climate Change "Experts"

Thu at 4:17pm

The president’s decision to attend the international climate conference in Copenhagen needs to be reconsidered in light of the unfolding Climategate scandal. The leaked e-mails involved in Climategate expose the unscientific behavior of leading climate scientists who deliberately destroyed records to block information requests, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, and conspired to silence the critics of man-made global warming. I support Senator James Inhofe’s call for a full investigation into this scandal. Because it involves many of the same personalities and entities behind the Copenhagen conference, Climategate calls into question many of the proposals being pushed there, including anything that would lead to a cap and tax plan.

Policy should be based on sound science, not snake oil. I took a stand against such snake oil science when I sued the federal government over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species despite the fact that the polar bear population has increased. I’ve never denied the reality of climate change; in fact, I was the first governor to create a subcabinet position to deal specifically with the issue. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. But while we recognize the effects of changing water levels, erosion patterns, and glacial ice melt, we cannot primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes. The drastic economic measures being pushed by dogmatic environmentalists won’t change the weather, but will dramatically change our economy for the worse.

Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place.”

- Sarah Palin

Other GOP figures have joined in the chorus of caution. Twenty congressional Republicans, including the top House GOP leadership, sent a letter to Obama on Friday December 4th expressing their grave concern that the U.S. delegation might commit to mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reductions. They reminded Obama that only a treaty ratified by the United States Senate or legislation agreed to by Congress may commit the United States to any mandatory emissions reduction program.

In contrast, Alaska Dispatch reports that Alaska Senator Mark Begich joined nine other Senate Democrats in signing a letter supporting the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2050, with industrialized nations reducing emissions by 80 percent by the target date, although the letter is softened somewhat by demands that reciprocity and trade implications be factored in. Of course, the problem is that the elite are betting everything on carbon dioxide - and don't tell us what happens if we do reduce emissions and climate change doesn't stop.

Obama had planned to attend the conference December 9th, but the White House now says he won't go until December 18th, the last day of the conference when many other state leaders will be there. This is viewed as a sign of growing optimism that at least a tentative agreement might be reached, an optimism fueled by announcements by both China and India of domestic targets for slowing emission increases as their economies continue to grow quickly.

Here's a news video from Russia Today providing an updated report on the Climategate dispute:

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